According to a new study, a gene that helps regulate natural sleep clocks in mice and possibly humans might be linked to Alzheimer's disease. Researchers removed the gene from mice and found that the mice had altered sleep cycles and developed brain cell damage in old age, which resembled the damage caused by Alzheimer's. This information will help study the relationship between this gene and Alzheimer's.
Those who develop Alzheimer's might show symptoms early in life, and some might suffer from early-onset, suffering from debilitating symptoms much earlier in life than most cases. This can result in a person needing to retire from work early, before a family is ready. Another person might also need to be a caregiver for a family member.